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Re: THEORY: NATLANGS: Phonology and Phonetics: Tetraphthongs, Triphthongs, Dipht

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2006, 21:29
On 5/26/06, John Vertical <johnvertical@...> wrote:
> As others have already mentioned, then you have difthongs with "lowered > glides". AusEng has been brought up already; also, the Savonian dialects of > Finnish commonly lower [i]-final, and sometimes also [u]-final difthongs.
I apologize if you've addressed this before, and I certainly don't mean to be rude, but why do you consistently spell "diphthong" as "difthong"? I find it quite distracting, not to mention aphonetic since I pronounce "diphthong" with a /p/ instead of an /f/ (a prescriptively sanctioned pronunciation, in case you're wondering :)). I can't find any support for "difthong" as an alternate spelling in English. If you're trying to institute a reform, of course, more power to you, but if there's a specific reason I'd love to hear it. :) -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>